How to Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition

Summer wedding season is currently in full effect and chances are you’re probably attending one yourself. With such a variety of approaches to wedding ceremonies and venues, it can be difficult to know what’s appropriate to wear for any given celebration. To offer a little inspiration, here is the first in a series of three posts on how to dress for a summer wedding.

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

Classic, simple, elegant, refined, and sophisticated. When I think of a summer wedding taking place in the city, those are the words that immediately come to mind. I love classic looks where less is more and the devil is in the details.

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

Simple looks are often the most powerful, in my opinion, and really shine when there is a focus on impeccable fit. They also provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase some great subtle details, like a unique and intricate set of cufflinks.

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

This is the third time I’ve featured this suit on the site, though in different configurations. I wore the full three-piece version as my Preakness look this year, and the jacket as a separate dressing up some white denim. It’s always good to keep in mind that a suit is a versatile piece and can work in many different ways.

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

How To Dress for a Summer Wedding: City Edition - He Spoke Style

This Look: Blue suit by Quinntessential Gentleman Custom (jacket: similar here, pants: similar here) – White slim fit french cuff dress shirt by Brooks Brothers – Navy striped tie c/o Brooks Brothers – Floral silk pocket square c/o REISS – Sterling silver tie bar by The Tie Bar – Gunmetal steampunk watch movement cufflinks by Penny Black Fourty – Watch with black leather band by Timex – Black leather plaque belt by J.Crew – Black cap-toe oxford shoes by Cole Haan

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

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  • Oliver

    That is a well put together ensemble.
    A quick question, I notice that on the jacket, you have 2 buttons undone. Is that a person preference? I usually have one undone but can always undo another to keep with the times.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Oliver. The jacket is a 2.5 button jacket, which is probably what you are noticing. The top button is largely ornamental though it can be used if you like.

      • Oliver

        Sorry, I meant on the sleave.
        2.5 button you say? I will have to look into this.

        • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

          Gotcha. Yes, personal preference. Though sometimes I’ll just leave one undone. Depends on the day. Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.thekacar.com Mustafa Kacar

    Posts keep getting better and better and the photos as well!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Big thanks, Mustafa.

  • Jason Nickel

    I like that tie.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Yup. It’s a keeper.

  • http://suitupdressup.wordpress.com Rishi Chullani

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I absolutely love this post. I think simplicity is where it’s at. And what I especially like is how you’ve kept it simple for the bigger items – suit, shirt and tie, although they do go together extremely well, you’ve experimented more with the pocket square (complimenting, but not matching the suit, shirt or tie), jacket lining and cufflinks. Ensembles can look fantastic when we experiment with certain facets and keep other facets looking more traditional. The balance of simplicity and flair can work wonders!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the nice words, Rishi. And thanks for reading. Hope to see you back soon.

  • http://blog.thevioletvixen.com/ Joe

    This is a nice ensemble. It’s simple but appropriate for a wedding. Thanks for sharing and great photos!

  • Ray Frensham

    Is the pocket square a new item from Reiss? (I’ve not seen it in the London stores yet).

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Not sure, Ray. I don’t see it listed online anymore so it may have sold out.

  • Michael

    I’d just like to say keep up the great work in always keeping us informed with great posts and photos!! Simplicity is definitely stylish in my opinion. It’s all in how you carry yourself. Sometimes its the little things that stand out the most. Simple yet elegant, moderate yet sophisticated!! Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for next weeks topic

  • Martin

    Hi Brian,

    First off, well done! I just came across this blog and WOW – really great taste and interesting tips.

    Secondly – this suit right here is the one I had in mind (coupled with brown belt & shoes though – plus some yellow in the pocket square). I had this in mind to wear it for my own wedding though! :)

    Honestly, do you think it would be OK to wear this for your own wedding? Would it be better to wear a plain tie instead (let’s say gold for example)?

    Thank you!